5 Common Causes Of A Late Period (That’s NOT Pregnancy)
One of the scariest sentences if you aren’t trying to start a family is, “My period is late.” Missing or having a late period may be more common than you think. “There are many reasons for irregular cycles,” says Dr. Melinda Miller-Thrasher, OB GYN of Innovative Women’s HealthCare Solutions. Here, Dr. Miller-Thrasher shares her expert advice about five of the most common reasons.
1. Hormone imbalance
Did your period start or stop sooner than normal the previous month? Did it not come at all? Having a hormone imbalance could be behind your irregular cycles. “PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome) is a classic example of this and can be diagnosed with history and lab work by your provider,” says Dr. Miller-Thrasher. Learning if you have PCOS is critical, as the condition is associated with diabetes and infertility.